Argumentative essays are longer essays consisting of a well-researched topic and an argument for one side of the topic. The essay should be free of fallacies of argument and include several different ways of making your claim. There are a lot of new terms with this one, so make sure you familiarize yourself with those before moving on.
Argument essays are usually 10-12 pages long and contain well-researched arguments that can be defended against any number of objections. Above all, the essay must contain evidential support and be probably cited.
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This is a great example of the differences between an argument and a contradiction. Arguments must be intellectual, researched and well supported. They can't be just an opinion at the top of one's ears. The video is an excerpt from the whole video, which is 2.5 minutes long. Starts at 0:30, ends at 1:30.
Source: Monthy Python's Flying Circus - Argument Clinic (youtube.com) - July 15, 2010
Source: Ruszkiewicz, John, Maxine Hairston, and Daniel Seward. SF Writer. Third. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2005. 167-217. Print.